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Alternative Celebration of Businesses for 46th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Date: August 13, 2020 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org   Alternative Celebration of Businesses for 46th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival   Due to COVID-19 Pandemic   Brooklyn, New York – August 13, 2020- The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) had planned to present the 46th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival on Sunday, October 4, 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we can not proceed with this year’s festival. We look forward to continuing our tradition in the fall of 2021. AALDC is planning a new event in October, where patrons can stroll the street to re-discover the wide range of merchants on Atlantic Avenue so stay tuned for an announcement. Our businesses offer multiple services from clothing to food to personal care, making it the ideal destination to shop and dine. The “COVID Comeback” story of the avenue will be deep rooted in perseverance and triumph. We want to be able to share it with the people who love and support Atlantic Avenue. AALDC Board President, Nat Rubin commented, “The current difficult situation has reconfigured us all.  However, it is heartening to see the respect, trust and care that can still exist in each personal and business interaction. The LDC hopes to build on this positivity to bring back more of the diversity, creativity and love that Brooklyn and the Avenue are known for.”   About the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is a Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The organization’s mission is to further economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment in the greater Atlantic Avenue area. The AALDC provides information, advocacy, produces events and projects that promote economic growth and vitality, for the preservation and development in downtown Brooklyn and neighboring communities. The AALDC annually produces its Youth Community Scholarship Program, the Atlantic Antic Street Fair (and post-Antic retail promotion), and it’s Winter Holiday Programming (tree lighting, local-school holiday concert, and Walk the Windows retail promotion). ###   Note to Editors: For more information and/or hi-res images, please contact pr@atlanticave.org or call (718) 875-8993....

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46th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival 2021 Update Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Date: May 28, 2020 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org   46th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival 2021 Update Due to COVID-19 Pandemic   Brooklyn, New York – May 28, 2020 – The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) had planned to present the 46th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival on Sunday, October 4, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are currently unable to proceed with planning, therefore the application process is suspended. We will be discussing alternative plans for a reimagined Antic and evaluating the City’s reopening progress over the next weeks and months. Our primary goal is the careful consideration of the participants and attendees’ health and safety. When the AALDC defines the path forward, it will be announced to the public. “We look forward to continuing the tradition of celebrating Brooklyn,” said AALDC President, Nat S. Rubin, “The Atlantic Antic™ is the oldest and largest street festival in our borough. Reflecting the businesses and restaurants both on the Avenue and throughout Brooklyn, for more than 40 years it has brought together folks and families through a mix of fun, food, creativity and community.”   The AALDC realizes there are many businesses and people in need right now. We are working on helping businesses on Atlantic Avenue. Some of our Atlantic Avenue small businesses have created their own GoFundMe pages to support their staff and we encourage you to visit those pages that have been consolidated by our sister organization the Atlantic Avenue BID. However, many of our other businesses also need your support.  We are hoping to raise enough money to help these businesses directly. We also want to be sure that when we all reach a “new normal”  the AALDC will be back in a strong financial position to continue its work of promoting Atlantic Avenue businesses and their connections to the community. AALDC Community Resources Fund- https://www.gofundme.com/f/aaldccommunityfund As an immediate response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, AALDC created a Community Resources Page and Community Resources Fund. The Community Resources Page helps to provide easily accessible information and support to all community members. This page includes information on current local business hours/offerings, resources for families, online programming for children (including free access to select scholarship partners), and general health and safety tips.The AALDC’s Community Resources Fund supports local Atlantic Avenue businesses from 4th Avenue to Hicks Street who were forced to close their doors due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic and are experiencing financial hardships. Community Resources Page- https://atlanticave.org/communityresources/   About the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is a Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The organization’s mission is to further economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment in the greater Atlantic Avenue area. The AALDC provides information, advocacy, produces events and projects that promote economic growth and vitality, for the preservation and development in downtown Brooklyn and neighboring communities. The AALDC annually produces its Youth Community Scholarship Program, the Atlantic Antic Street Fair (and post-Antic retail promotion), and it’s Winter Holiday Programming (tree lighting, local-school holiday concert, and Walk the Windows retail...

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LDC Announces Appointment of Interim Executive Director

    May 13, 2020       LDC Announces Appointment of Interim Executive Director Today, the board of the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation announced the appointment of Howard Kolins as Interim Executive Director. Mr. Kolins has been a board member of the Boerum Hill Association since 2005 and has been President of the BHA since 2009. During that time, he has chair or co-chaired five House Tours, rallied opposition to the expansion of the House of Detention and continues to lead community opposition to the current plans and led the opposition to the 80 Flatbush development. Working with our board members, we were able to preserve the charm of Boerum Hill through rezoning, advocated for the renovation of the 16 Sycamores Playground and recently expanded our Historic District. Mr. Kolins has been a resident of Boerum Hill for 35 years. He is an experienced live event producer after a decade as Executive Producer of the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” who has been producing corporate events, galas and private concerts for the past 15 years under his own banner.  Using these skills, he is proud to represent and support his community in new ways in challenging times. “I am thrilled to represent the very avenue I’ve traversed so many times when I dine and shop.” “We are extremely fortunate to have Howard join the LDC in this difficult time,” said Nat Rubin, AALDC President. “As a long-time member of our community, he is someone we know will have the vision, passion and foresight to create and continue our community-minded efforts.”     About the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is a Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The organization’s mission is to further economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment in the greater Atlantic Avenue area. The AALDC provides information, advocacy, produces events and projects that promote economic growth and vitality, for the preservation and development in downtown Brooklyn and neighboring communities. The AALDC annually produces its Youth Community Scholarship Program, the Atlantic Antic Street Fair (and post-Antic retail promotion), and it’s Winter Holiday Programming (tree lighting, local-school holiday concert, and Walk the Windows retail promotion).   www.atlanticave.org     #PulseofBrooklyn    ...

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Spring Family Resource & Wellness Fair to Offer Scholarship Resources to Brooklyn Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: March 11, 2020 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org   Spring Family Resource & Wellness Fair to Offer Scholarship Resources to  Brooklyn Communities On Saturday, April 4, 2020, Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC), in partnership with Park Place Community Middle School, is having a Family Resource and Wellness Fair 12-4pm at Park Place Community Middle School, 62 Park Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217.  The family fair is open to parents, guardians, and students who live or attend school in Brooklyn School Districts 13 or 15. The zip codes for Brooklyn School Districts 13 and 15 are 11201, 11205, 11215, 11216, 11217, 11218, 11219, 11220, 11221, 11231, 11232, 11233, and 11238. The event will give parents and guardians the opportunity to learn more about our AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program which provides local youth opportunities to attend enrichment programs throughout the year. There will be free activities for children, workshops for parents, prizes and giveaways, performances, and music. Families from Brooklyn School Districts 13 and 15 can register to attend the Family Resource & Wellness Fair by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-resource-wellness-fair-registration-98261985243. AALDC program partners will be at the fair and here’s what attendees can look forward to: Automatic Studios will teach students about their movie making program Brooklyn Ballet will perform live on stage and have a ballet coloring station Camp Pixel will have an escape room puzzle that students have to figure out the code for Mark Morris Dance Center will share information about their dance program Camp Yokey will do a VR activity and showcase games Upper 90 Brooklyn and Super Soccer Stars will have a soccer activation Brooklyn Fencing Center will do a live demo on stage Also, World Explorers Group doing a BeyBlade Tournament so be sure to bring your beyblades and enjoy the festivities. The Family Resource and Wellness Fair sponsors are CityMD and World Explorers Group. This year’s media sponsors include Schneps Media, Brooklyn Family, Brooklyn Paper, Park Slope Courier, and A Child Grows. For more information on the Family Fair, please visit atlanticave.org/familyfair or call (718) 875-8993. For more information on the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program and to apply, visit atlanticave.org/scholarshipapply. ### Note to Editors: For further press information and high-resolution images, please call 718-875-8993 or email pr@atlanticave.org. Please credit all photos to Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation...

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Brooklyn Non-Profit Receives Grant from Investors Foundation to Help Fund Scholarship Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 10, 2020   CONTACT: Shantal Marshall Communications & PR Assistant Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) (718) 875-8993 pr@atlanticave.org   Brooklyn Non-Profit Receives Grant from Investors Foundation to Help Fund Scholarship Program Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) recently received a $3,000 grant at Investors Bank, 399 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217. The grant from Investors Foundation will help provide summer and fall scholarships to local youth in Brooklyn Districts 13 and 15. Additionally, the grant will help further AALDC’s mission of furthering economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment by providing scholarships to children in the community. AALDC Executive Director Tammy Ben-Eliezer-Baxter commented, “The goal of the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program is to create opportunities for children and their families within our Brooklyn community. We have created long-lasting partnerships with several youth organizations and schools over the years and we look forward to continuing to grow the program.” The AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program was started in 2015 to provide opportunities for youth to attend enriching programs in five Brooklyn neighborhoods-Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn, and Clinton Hill. The program has grown from four partners to 18. The 2020 program partners are Brooklyn Ballet, Mathnasium of Boerum Hill, Automatic Studios, Brooklyn Robot Foundry, Pixel Academy, Gotham Gymnastics, Read 718, Creative Arts Studio, Super Soccer Stars at Upper 90 Soccer Brooklyn, Mark Morris Dance Center, Brooklyn Music Factory, Brooklyn Boulders, Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse, Yokey Pokey, Brooklyn Fencing Center, Dodge YMCA, and Gotham Archery.  The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is a Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization committed to the economic development, cultural enrichment and historic preservation of the Atlantic Avenue area from Fourth Avenue to the waterfront in Brooklyn, New York. Founded by local merchants and community activists, the AALDC is committed to Atlantic Avenue, one of the great streets of New York. It is home to people of various cultural backgrounds, vibrant and successful businesses, long standing institutions, and rich architectural character. This 1.5 mile stretch knits together the established neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Downtown Brooklyn. To learn more about AALDC, please visit atlanticave.org.   About Investors Bank Investors Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With over $25 billion in assets and a network of more than 150 retail branches, Investors Bank delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors Bank’s services include complete deposit, loan, and cash management products for consumers and businesses. Investors Bank. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender. About the Investors Foundation Investors Bank created the Investors Foundation in 2005 to support the communities Investors Bank serves. Investors Foundation supports initiatives in the arts, youth development, health and human services, education and affordable housing. Investors Foundation works to improve the lives of its customers and neighbors. For more information, please visit https://www.myinvestorsbank.com/Community/Investors-Foundation ### Note to Editors: For further press information and high-resolution images, please call 718-875-8993 or email pr@atlanticave.org. Please credit all photos to Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation...

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Brooklyn Non-Profit Launches Sixth Year of Youth Community Scholarship Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: February 10, 2020 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org   Brooklyn Non-Profit Launches Sixth Year of Youth Community Scholarship Program   Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) launches its sixth year of their Youth Community Scholarship program which provides local youth opportunities to attend enrichment programs throughout the year. Children will attend programs located in five Brooklyn neighborhoods-Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn, and Clinton Hill. From its start in 2015, the program has grown from four partners to 18. There are a variety of enriching summer and fall programs for parents to choose from. The 2020 program partners are Brooklyn Ballet, Mathnasium of Boerum Hill, Automatic Studios, Brooklyn Robot Foundry, Pixel Academy, Gotham Gymnastics, Read 718, Creative Arts Studio, Super Soccer Stars at Upper 90 Soccer Brooklyn, Mark Morris Dance Center, Brooklyn Music Factory, Brooklyn Boulders, Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse, Yokey Pokey, Brooklyn Fencing Center, Dodge YMCA, and Gotham Archery. Children have the opportunity to explore their talents and learn new skills. AALDC Executive Director Tammy Ben-Eliezer-Baxter commented, “The goal of the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program is to create opportunities for children and their families within our Brooklyn community.  We have created long-lasting partnerships with several youth organizations and schools over the years and we look forward to continuing to grow the program.” The AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program application is only available online and to complete the form, please visit https://atlanticave.org/scholarshipapply/ AALDC provides funding for children who live or attend school in Brooklyn Public School Districts 13 and 15. These local youth have the opportunity to attend a variety of enriching programs. The Youth Community Scholarship Program’s focus is to provide local youth the chance to experience programs that will allow them to learn, create, and flourish. For more information on how you can donate to support the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program, please view the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program Commercial, visit our website http://www.atlanticave.org, contact scholarships@atlanticave.org or call (718) 875-8993.   ###   Note to Editors: For further press information and high-resolution images, please call 718-875-8993 or email pr@atlanticave.org. Please credit all photos to Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation...

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